Foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees

Discover the unspoilt foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees in the beautiful La Garrotxa region. Explore two distinct areas, the Zona Volcanica, filled with medieval villages and volcanic landscapes cloaked in woodland, and the Alta Garroxta with its rocky crags, gorges and tiny mountain hamlets.

Begin in the picture postcard village of Santa Pau, with its medieval architecture , castle and narrow alleyways dating back to the 13th century. Take a walk to the summit of Finestres for panoramic views over the ‘Zona Volcanica’. Continue to the capital of the region, Olot, walking past several of the dormant volcanoes in the area.

Head into the ‘Alta Garrotxa’, where the landscape changes to become more dramatic featuring rocky cliffs and gorges. Enjoy a stop at Castellfolit de la Roca village, perched upon a clifftop before continuing on foot through the Alta Garrotxa. Finish by walking into the historic town of Besalu across the impressive 11th century Pont Forticat bridge.

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May 20, 2019
moderate
12.7 km
4:00 h
480 m
483 m
A steep climb through beech and holmoak forests to Santa Mana de Finestres returning by a different route to Santa Pau.
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from Fraser Linden,   Macs Adventure
Hiking trail · Catalonia

Santa Pau to Olot

May 20, 2019
moderate
17.2 km
4:00 h
337 m
383 m
Enjoy a long, but fairly easy walk from the medieval village of Santa Pau crossing extinct volcanoes to the bustling town of Olot.
from Fraser Linden,   Macs Adventure
Hiking trail · Catalonia

Oix Loop Walk

May 20, 2019
moderate
11.5 km
4:00 h
313 m
304 m
Leave Oix using quiet rural paths and walk towards the steep cliff faces, mountains & valleys to eventually reach Mare de Déu d'Escales.
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from Fraser Linden,   Macs Adventure
Hiking trail · Catalonia

Oix to Sales de Llierca via Tortella

May 20, 2019
moderate
15.7 km
3:45 h
347 m
488 m
A relatively easy walk but starting with a tough climb out of Oix following the GR1 route to the village of Tortella and on to Sales de Llierca.
from Fraser Linden,   Macs Adventure
Hiking trail · Sales de Llierca

Sales de Llierca to Mare de Déu del Mont

May 16, 2019
moderate
12.6 km
6:30 h
965 m
130 m
A long tough climb starts off the day's walking as you ascend to the sanctuary at del Mont. Catch your breathe at the top and take in the superb ...
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from Laura Paterson,   Macs Adventure
Hiking trail · Albanyà

Mare de Déu del Mont to Besalu

May 16, 2019
moderate
16.8 km
4:00 h
110 m
1065 m
A steep descent followed by a more gentle walk down the mountain to the village of Beuda followed by a short walk to the historic town of Besalu.
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from Laura Paterson,   Macs Adventure